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Scratch Build – In Progress Project SteelOak

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ThomasJS, 25 Mar 2022.

  1. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    INTRODUCTION

    Hello!

    I’ve always been a lurker, made my first scratch build case almost 12 years ago. But didn’t really update the project log on bit-tech.
    Right after I finished my first project I started making sketches for my next case, but never started a new project until the end of last year. I made at least 10 different designs before I had this one I’m building right now.
    I waited for 3-4 months before starting the project so I was 100% sure that this is it.


    DESIGN AND MATERIALS

    I wanted my case to have the following materials: steel, wood and acrylic.
    The colour scheme is the same as our furniture, which I also made myself; black coated steel with oil threated Oak.
    First I wanted the case to match my motorcycle: Nardo grey steel panels, black framework and red accents. But this wouldn’t match my desk.


    HARDWARE

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
    GPU: Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme 10G
    Motherboard: MSI MPG X570S Carbon EK-X
    RAM: G-skill Trident Royal F4-3000C16Q-32GTRS 4x8GB
    PSU: Be Quiet Straight Power 11 1000W Platinum
    M2 SSD: Samsung 980 Pro 1TB


    WATERCOOLING

    Custom acrylic distribution plate
    Custom acrylic reservoir + distribution plate
    Radiator: Black Ice Nemesis GTX 360
    GPU block: EK Quantum Vector Xtreme D-RGB Plexi
    CPU/Motherboard block: included with motherboard (EK)
    Pump: EK D5 G3 PWM Motor integrated under the distro plate
    Fans: Noctua NF F12 PWM Chromax
    Fittings: EK-AF Classic
    Tubes: Acrylic hard tube


    This is the design:

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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lovely. :D You need to post more than your sketchup this time. There's a shortage of active projects!
     
  3. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    So I already started this project in October, but I had to put everything on hold because the birth of my daughter :) .
    I made pictures of everything, so I can now start this log.

    Kickoff with getting all the steel profiles and sheets ready for welding.
    I made the sheets at my work with the plasma cutte r, but just the raw contours because I don’t want to bring the plasma cutter more heat in the material than necessary. It’s fine for this job.

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    I sure will! There is indeed a shortage, I don't think there is another way of showing a project with every step than on forum like this.
     
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  4. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    Here I started with the motherboard panel with the I/O backpanel (with room for the integrated acrylc distro plate).


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    Test fitting with the motherboard of my last project.

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  5. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Lovely work so far, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm very jealous of you having easy access to a plasma cutter that can do 2mm+ sheet. Out of interest do you have to pay for it? Or just wait until it's either part-loaded or idle?
     
  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Wow, that's beefy. In case of an earthquake, you can shelter in this instead of a doorway.
     
  7. kim

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    :rock:HEAVY METAL
     
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  9. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks! Yes I have to pay for the material and a small rate for the machine. Laser is much better, less heat and more precise. That's why I don't let the plasma cutter make the holes.

    I realy like to work with steel, and it's always nice to have a potential shelter at my desk!

    The more steel the better :cooldude:

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    Solid work so far :grin: :thumb:
     
  11. DeanSUNIAIU

    DeanSUNIAIU Minimodder

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    Lidl are selling a plasma cutter rated up to 8mm cutting depth for £119.99
     
  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I'm guessing you still need the cnc table and air compressor for that much.
    ...and a high amp outlet.
    ...and garage space that doesn't catch fire.
    :lol: Yeah, It's still out of reach.
     
  13. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Thanks, but to say the cheap hand ones are a bit rough is an understatement! Lots of finishing required.
     
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    It’s ok up to 4/5mm after that it’s very messy on the rear. But for the price you can’t complain.
     
  15. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    Started with the frame of the acrylic distribution plate in the motherboard area.
    Made the bend area with the grinder out of a tube.
    The bottom part is a small plate with a radius.

    I will finish all the welds once the main parts are fitted. Than I will weld and surface grind everything.

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    Thank you!

    Yeah if I wont be able to do it at my job, I would let another supplier make them, and I will always prefer a laser cutter.

    For sure, its nice to have different tools for yourself. I have the most common tools.
    But tools like plasma or other CNC tools, are just to expensive and take to many space if you want high quality.
     
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    It will weigh as much as a cast-iron bridge. :jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
     
  17. Cheapskate

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    Love the corner. :D
     
  18. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    Got almost all the hardware components, still need some small watercooling stuff, but the most is there.

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    Total weight around 26kg, it's fine, don't have to move it every day I hope :hehe:
    I think it's not that much, there are cases in the market with around 20kg weight.

    Thanks!
     
  19. 4LIEN

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    Wow! the rendering is really promising! I keep follow for updateds! Good work! The master of soldering! :clap:
     
  20. ThomasJS

    ThomasJS What's a Dremel?

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    Made the bracket for the radiator. Already prepared the profiles at the beginning of the project.
    Test fitted the radiator and it fits perfect.


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    Thanks, enjoy the log!
     
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